The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Ronald McNeil

Share on Social Media

Information about Ronald McNeil

Profile image of Ronald McNeil

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Earth Tones, Pink
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
College Football Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
In God We Trust And Everybody Else Bring Facts.

Birthplace

Born:
11/4/1952
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown, Earth Tones, Pink
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
College Football Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
In God We Trust And Everybody Else Bring Facts.

Birthplace

Born:
11/4/1952
Birth Location:
Detroit
See how Ronald McNeil is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Retired insurance executive Ronald Dean McNeil was born on November 4, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan to Dorothy and Elijah McNeil, who both emphasized the importance of strong faith, personal accountability and education. While attending Wayne State University where he studied finance and business economics, McNeil answered newly elected Mayor Coleman Young’s call for more African Americans to join the Detroit Police Department.

After earning his degree in finance from Wayne State, McNeil joined the Allstate Insurance Corporation. He is well known and highly respected throughout the insurance industry and is considered by many to be an industry trailblazer. McNeil was the first and only black officer in Finance at Allstate. He was elected to four senior management team positions, served as chairman of two Allstate subsidiaries and was also president of three local Allstate companies. McNeil’s vision and innovation is reflected in his major accomplishments which include: 1) The Neighborhood Partnership Program--an initiative which redefined and improved Allstate’s relationship with urban communities; 2) The Product Operations organization which changed the way the company priced, underwrote and delivered products to the market place and is the foundation of Allstate’s multi-access business model; and 3) Creation of Allstate’s first integrated distribution organization where he completely reorganized all aspects of the agency value proposition by channel.

In March, 2007, McNeil retired from Allstate after thirty-one distinguished years of service. At retirement, he was Senior Vice President of Protection Distribution and a member of Allstate’s Senior Management Team with fiscal and leadership responsibilities totaling $30 billion and 70,000 employees, making him the industry’s first African American to attain such status. McNeil was personally responsible for the recruitment and/or development of more than a quarter of the most senior leadership group.

In retirement, McNeil and his wife, Regina, focus their time and efforts on The Ronald D. and Regina C. McNeil Foundation, Inc., a private, not-for profit foundation with a focus on providing educational scholarships.

Ronald McNeil was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 24, 2007.

See how Ronald McNeil is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ronald McNeil's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ronald McNeil lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald McNeil describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald McNeil describes his maternal family's migration to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald McNeil describes his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald McNeil describes his father's move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald McNeil describes his parents and his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald McNeil describes his parents' commitment to education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald McNeil describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald McNeil describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald McNeil describes his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald McNeil describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald McNeil remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald McNeil describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronald McNeil describes an encounter with law enforcement in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald McNeil remembers Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald McNeil recalls his start at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ronald McNeil reflects upon his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ronald McNeil remembers joining the Detroit Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ronald McNeil recalls his experiences as a police officer in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald McNeil recalls his experiences as a police officer in Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald McNeil talks about Detroit Mayor Coleman Young
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald McNeil remembers joining the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald McNeil talks about the dearth of African Americans in the insurance industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald McNeil describes the insurance industry at the start of his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald McNeil describes the creation of the Neighborhood Partnership Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronald McNeil talks about redlining in the insurance industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ronald McNeil talks about Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s ownership of the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ronald McNeil recalls his early mentors at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ronald McNeil remembers the networking opportunities at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald McNeil talks about the importance of leadership
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald McNeil describes the parameters for a successful finance career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald McNeil reflects upon his conversations with his father
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald McNeil remembers his first role at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald McNeil describes his career at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronald McNeil talks about his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronald McNeil remembers his role as regional vice president
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronald McNeil describes the Neighborhood Partnership Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ronald McNeil narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronald McNeil recalls joining the senior management team at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald McNeil talks about his strategy for risk based insurance market segmentation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronald McNeil remembers reorganizing the distribution operations at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronald McNeil explains the concept of market segmentation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronald McNeil talks about the presidency of the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronald McNeil describes his mentoring style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronald McNeil talks about his guiding principles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ronald McNeil describes the Ronald D. and Regina C. McNeil Foundation, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ronald McNeil describes the relationship between the insurance industry and communities of color
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ronald McNeil talks about Hurricane Katrina's impact on insurance companies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ronald McNeil describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ronald McNeil reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ronald McNeil reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ronald McNeil describes his activities during retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ronald McNeil talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ronald McNeil describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ronald McNeil narrates his photographs, pt. 2